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Cypress Semiconductor Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Ridiculous HR department, Low compensation, Highly demotivated company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with one of the brightest minds in the company especially with engineers from erstwhile Spansion Inc.New CEO is more action oriented and futuristic.

    Cons

    1. Lowest compensation for entry-level and mid-level engineers.
    2. No appreciation for real work. Only marketing and sales guys get the credit
    3. HR department is unaware of the current salary trend in market. They use some 1980's salary spec.
    4. Cypress managers from outside location who recently moved to Bay Area should have an open mind and stop promoting their former colleagues alone.
    5. Highly demotivated environment to work. Projects gets scrapped often and deadline miss are very common.

    Advice to Management

    HR department should consider googling for current salary trend in Bay Area
    Respect all level employees. A company cannot be run by EVPs, SVPs and managers alone.
    Stop undue favoritism during salary negotiations and promotion scenarios.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My team was great to work with!

    Cons

    Company culture was most toxic I've ever experienced. Technology was like stepping back to 1980's. Manual processes and outdated systems. Long hours with little or no bonuses. CEO had no filter and hurled expletives at company wide meetings, egomaniac.

    Advice to Management

    If Spansion was a great enough company to purchase, explore it's culture and find out why. Cypress needs to learn what made Spansion so attractive - CULTURE, work/life balance, and common courtesy!!

  3. Helpful (11)

    "T-REX has left the building!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is so much to learn here, both professionally and also, as a sort of social experiment. The culture is difficult and I witnessed more acts of public humiliation and rudeness than I care to remember. Painful. But if you DO manage to tough it out, the opportunity to expand your knowledge base is immense. Life is a learning opportunity, and boy does this place give you an education!

    Cons

    The culture is like the former CEO... a dinosaur. For a company that touts "no excuses management" and "we don't have politics here", this company has the most toxic management structure full of yes men (and women), that's been solidified in a cement of politics. The gentleman currently acting as temporary "CEO' grew up under TJR and if any of them (or the old guard executive staff) become CEO, the company will remain mediocre at best. So good luck with that, Cypress employees! The place needs modern thinkers, visionaries, and a CEO who's actually a business man (as opposed to an engineer) if they want to climb out of the jurassic age any time soon.

    Advice to Management

    Yeah, get a CEO from outside. Pay them alot, because they have quite the job ahead of them, undoing all of the damage that the former CEO, Executive staff and upper management have done to this company. It's a mess, starting with the top. In fact, the lower on the food chain you go, the more genuine, hardworking, and reasonable the people become. Understand that your employees are more than things and start to pay them well, treat them as if they're valuable and gut the chiefs. Just gut them. Get anyone who learned any kind of management from TJR out of there. They are all broken children of an abusive parent (those who are abused become abusers). Good luck. You're all gonna need it.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really can't think of any other than at the time they offered stock options (late 1980s).

    Cons

    TJ saw himself as God, exalter, ruler, king...you name it, he envisioned it as his kingdom and no one was allowed to question him. He even had a "kill" switch installed on his system so that he could monitor what anyone was working on at the time, and if he felt you weren't doing what he thought was the priority, he killed your application mid-stream. He only valued degrees from prestigious universities, to the extent of making others feel less worthy. He is arrogant, insulting and abusive.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for the old guard to go, including TJ. If you want any chance of staying in the game and attracting valuable young talent, get rid of the old guard.


  5. "cyress"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor (More than a year)

    Pros

    nothing good about this company

    Cons

    a lot of bad things about this company


  6. Helpful (3)

    "LAST RESORT: This a company that is a last resort if you cannot get a job somewhere else"

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    Current Employee - Process Tech in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Tech in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Do not want to work here, currently looking for employment somewhere else but the industry is in a slow phase. Try to find a job somewhere else.

    Cons

    The company never has enough employees always trying to manage too many tasks also too much paperwork involved CEO is out of touch with needs of employees and also thinks he is good to employees when employees can't stand him


  7. Helpful (5)

    "The Emperor has no clothes"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You'll do well in Design or Sales. Anything in Operations means that funding will be cut consistently to make any profit. Round Rock fab ran into the ground. Minnesota fab about to be run into the ground. Now Austin fab is getting cut. But it all means profit, which is a Pro I suppose.

    Cons

    Heavy reliance on outdated technology. Email syntax impersonal, idiotic and designed to fit in columns of a spreadsheet. Nobody knows you by your name, just your initials. Everyone around TJ is afraid of to tell him he is running his company wrong. Austin fab was running on strong Texas ethics. Doing a lot of work, with few people, no red tape, no complaints. Now we are crushed with California bureaucracy. The best and brightest are leaving in droves and now they are about to announce another 10% RIF as we were running skeleton already. Glad I escaped when I did.

    Advice to Management

    Spansion was doing well before the takeover. Listen to Spansion managers as to why things worked.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None in the pros category.

    Cons

    Management shows disrespect and wastes the time of the employees. Experience matters a lot as even a dumb experienced guy is worth than an intelligent smart less experienced guy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't waste the time of the employees.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Old style company, abusive culture, no respect for employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of documentation, good teleconference tools around the world. Nice people at working levels.

    Cons

    No employee and customer focus. Company operating around CEO. Abusive management and bad languages used frequently. 8am policy is hard for working families with young kids. Processes, memos and specs are overkilling. Groups compete against each other instead of doing right things for the company. Little collaboration between groups. No work and life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees and customers. Don't let good people leave. Think of big picture and do the right things for the company.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Toxic work environment with ineffective management"

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cypress Semiconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is very little to be discussed here. Cypress Semiconductor provides a chaotic work environment that can for some prove to be a challenge. The reality of the situation at Cypress Semiconductor is employees subjecting themselves to unnecessary stress and toxic culture.

    Cons

    1) No work life balance
    2) Abusive Management (TJR)
    3) Systems are broken
    4) Lack of innovation
    5) Atrocious Employee Morale

    Advice to Management

    Kick TJ Rodgers to the curb, dump his executive team of sycophants and bring in fresh blood. The company has stagnated over the course of the last 15 years, instead of innovating the company has continued to cut expenses and drive for increased efficiency with fewer headcount.


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